good men suffer much at their last moments. It is because they resemble
cooked meat that still needs to be cooked a little longer before being
eaten. Certain faithful are thus tried in their last moments as to be free
from all impurities before the Lord. St. Stephen and all the martyrs
suffered before dying. Job and David suffered great tribulations.
in fact, die quickly without having undergone sufferings in this world. All
their sufferings are reserved for them in hell.
Thus, one day, Theodore was sitting in the assembly room. He heard angel
voices singing a melodious song in the air above. He rose and asked St.
Pachomius what it was all about. Pachomius answered, "It is a
good soul that has left its body with which they are passing over above
us." While they were speaking, they looked up together and they saw the
good soul. They knew who he was.
Pachomius, Koinonia, G. 93b